Gaston County Public Library

August 21, 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse Preparation and Information

August 21, 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse Preparation and Information

*On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will experience an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.*

In order to look directly at the eclipse safely, you must use specially tinted lenses/glasses.  The Gaston County Public Library (GCPL) has these safety-appropriate glasses in a limited supply, FREE to the public.  However, each branch is making those glasses available in different capacities.  The list below gives you information about glasses distribution and eclipse-related programing at each branch:

  • Main Library - Although the Main Library no longer has glasses available due to the limited supply, they will be hosting a drop-in program on Monday, August 21. Children can drop in anytime throughout the day for solar eclipse crafts and printable puzzles.
  • Cherryville Branch - Glasses are no longer available. The branch is hosting a "Solar Eclipse Event" on Monday, August 21, from noon to 4 pm. Anyone can drop in to watch the NASA live-feed of the eclipse on the library's Smartboard, and do an eclipse-related craft.
  • Union Road Branch - Glasses are no longer available  The branch will host eclipse-themed events on Wednesday, August 16, and Friday, August 18, at 10:30 am both days.  Attendees will get to make a craft and enjoy other eclipse-related activities.
  • Belmont Branch - Glasses are no longer available.
  • Bessemer City Branch - Glasses are no longer available.
  • Dallas Branch - Glasses are no longer available.
  • Ferguson Branch - Glasses are no longer available.
  • Mt. Holly Branch - Glasses are no longer available.
  • Stanley Branch - Glasses are no longer available.
  • TECH@Lowell - Glasses are no longer available.

Remember, if you plan to view the eclipse from Gaston County, you will only see a partial covering.  The best cities to view the full eclipse in our area are predicted to be Greenville, SC, and Columbia, SC.  Field trip, anyone???

Here is the projected path-of-view for the total solar eclipse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C0SeDenPRo&feature=youtu.be

*Please note that scientific information in the first paragraph of this page was taken partially from the following source: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how